Blues Blast features talented lineup

LAKE GEORGE This weekend, the strains of ballads depicting battered dreams, persistent melancholy or unrequited love or just the grind of everyday life will come to life this weekend in Shepard Park during the 6th annual Lake George Blues Blast. A strong lineup is planned, perhaps the most talented and diverse in the festivals history, according to Blues Blast organizer Bob Jackson. Music is planned for noon to 8 p.m. both days. The lineup includes the Maynard Brothers, Papa Tas Cru, The Nobby Reed Project, Phil Petroff and the Natural Fact, Doc Orloff and the Blues Elixir, the Dr. Kildean Band, Joe Mama Rhythm and Blues Revue, the Double-Barrel Blues Band and Lil Jay and the Cardsharks, NBSB and Dreaded Wheat. Acclaimed as an exceptional musician, Nobby Reed has shard the stage with Blues Traveler, Dickie Betts, John Mayall and the Blues Breakers, and Buckwheat Zydeco. Nobby concludes the Saturday night lineup. After the show in the park, musicians will be moving into Shepard's Cove for a late-night jam, and all are welcome as space allows. Finishing off Sunday night will be the Maynard Brothers, with a special appearance by David Malachowski, Jackson said. From Woodstock NY, Malachoski has toured with Shania Twain, Garth Hudson, and Commander Cody; and hes sung with John Lennon. His style includes a plaintive country-rock influence. Phil Petroff and the Natural Fact is back for the third year, featuring Dave Olson, a two-0time grammy winner that rounds out a blues power trio Dr. Kildean has played with great blues artists including Edgar Winter, and Lil Jay and the Card Sharks has toured with B.B. King. Tas Cru, who sounds like Bob Dylan bathed in zydeco, is nationally known, and his CDs have been durable on the blues billboard chart. Details of performance times, as well as biographies of the artists, are available through the website www.lakegeorgebluesblast.zoomshare.com Its a great group of musicians this year as good as or better than ever, Jackson said. Everyone on the lineup could be our headliner. Last year, about 2,000 people enjoyed the all-day roster of musicians. No admission fee is charged.

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